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Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent

Tuesday, September 24, at the Beachland Ballroom.

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Known for such hits as "Tell Her No," "She's Not There," and "Time of the Season," the British beat group the Zombies forged a unique sound across the '60s airwaves, both in the States and in their native England. Led by vocalist Colin Blunstone's winsome croon and keyboardist (and main songwriter) Rod Argent's jazz-inspired organ work, the Zombies are now sadly relegated to "oldies radio" status by your average music fan.

But those curious enough to dig a bit deeper into the Zombies' back catalog will be handsomely rewarded: chiming guitars, impossibly catchy melodies, jazzy keyboard, and soaring vocal harmonies blend perfectly to create an embarrassment of riches. The lot is topped in grand fashion by the Zombies' posthumous final album, 1968's Odessey & Oracle, a gently psychedelic pop masterpiece that stands proudly next to anything the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, or Who created in those days. The Zombies' influence is still heard today: They're an acknowledged influence on artists as diverse as Belle & Sebastian, Pat Metheny, and Tom Petty.

Buoyed by a recent resurgence in all things Zombie, Argent and Blunstone now find themselves reunited and on the road again, some 30-odd years down the line. While it's anyone's guess as to whether the crowd at the Beachland will be full of aging Moondog Ball refugees or Bent Crayon-type hipsters (we'd bet on both), you can be certain that Argent and Blunstone will bring some quality tunes with them. Thankfully, the Zombies are undead again.

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